(1) "Bradley Field, Conn.: 65 U.S. bombers return over 1,000 U.S. Airforce personnel for furlough and specialized training, prior to duty in the Pacific." (2) New Cabinet Members - "Washington, DC: Thomas Clark of Dallas, Tex., becomes Attorney General, Clinton Anderson becomes Sec. of Agriculture and Lewis Schwellenbach takes oath as Sec. of Labor as President Truman makes further changes in his official family." (3) Stettinius' Plea For All Human Rights - "San Francisco, Calif., Sec. of State Stettinius states that the U.S. adheres to the Four Freedoms and will defend them." (4) Personalities in the News - "New Press Secretary - Washington, DC: Charles Ross, St. Louis newspaperman, is sworn in as the new White House Press Secretary in President Truman's presence. Hoover at White House - Washington, D.C., Ex-President Herbert Hoover confers in White House with President Truman as international food crisis arises." scenes of Charles Ross is new press secretary, Steve Early looks on, Herbert Hoover arrives to provide consul, Gen. Courtney Hodges in Atlanta parade; (5) Baseball's Miracle Man - "Yankee Stadium: Pete Gray, one-armed left fielder of the St. Louis Browns, fields with ease and gets his share of hits in his Big Town debut." (6) Battle To Death On Okinawa - "Admiral Chester Nimitz flies to Okinawa to view the costly progress which the U.S. 10th Army is making. Wounded Yanks limp past the graves of their dead comrades. Tremendous artillery bombardments answer the barrages which the Japs are laying down in an unsuccessful effort to stop the Yanks. G.I.'s creep forward under cover of bazooka fire and flame-throwing tanks. High explosive grenades destroy Jap defense caves. Jap corpses and ummy tanks are passed. The advance continues over ridges and across valleys, until finally, Naha the ruined capital of Okinawa is entered." scenes of bodies on "grim battlefield" of Okinawa as battle continues, combat footage of fierce enemy artillery barrage by a "suicidal enemy being forced back into the hills." (complete newsreel)
February 7, 2007 Subject:
An anoying name
A reviewer above noted the use of the name "Japs", but there is another objectional name/title used in this and other newsreels; "Yanks". At one time in American history the name "Yankee" only refered to people whoe lived in New England and there were many people from the Northern states who objected to being called a Yankee. We Americans were forever stuck with the name by George M Cohan by his song "Over There".
July 3, 2006 Subject:
Pete Gray & More, 1945
Interesting glimpse of the period between VE Day and VJ Day. Newsreel includes shots of 1000 veterans arriving home at Bradley Field, includes great close up shots of bomber crews; three new cabinet members appointed by President Truman, including Atty General Tom Clark, father of Ramsey Clark, who also became Atty General and the lawyer for Saddam Hussein; Secretary of State Stettinius speaks out for human rights; President Truman looks on as Charles Ross kisses Bible after being sworn in as Press Secretary; ex-president Herbert Hoover arrives at White House for photo op; General Hodges arrives home for ticker tape parade in Atlanta. For the baseball fan, rare footage of Pete Gray, the St. Louis Browns one-armed left fielder. The newsreel ends with a segment on the battle to take Okinawa, showing dead and wounded Marines and a wounded canine (Doberman), with shots of the battle as the U.S. forces advance inch by inch using everything including flame throwers to throw back the Japanese (who the announcer repeatedly calls "Japs").
July 21, 2005 Subject:
Who Was That One-Armed Ballplayer?
Wartime newsreel featuring stories about airmen coming home from Europe after V-E day, though only to train and prepare to go to the Pacific; Secretary of State Stettinius proclaiming the Four Freedoms; Herbert Hoover being consulted by Truman for advice on distributing food to war-torn Europe; a one-armed baseball player; and grisly fighting on the island of Okinawa. Apart from the one-armed ballplayer, this is pretty standard wartime fare.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.